June 24, 2007
June 24, 2007
June 27, 2007
12.211.1 - 12.211.11
An Industrial Engineering Body of Knowledge?
Civil engineers have a defined Body of Knowledge. Mechanical engineering currently has a Body of Knowledge task force focused on the future of mechanical engineering education. Can we agree on an industrial engineering Body of Knowledge, or at least agree on outcomes that distinguish industrial engineering (IE) from other engineering disciplines? The ABET program criteria for industrial engineering state only that “The program must demonstrate that graduates have the ability to design, develop, implement, and improve integrated systems that include people, materials, information, equipment, and energy. The program must include in-depth instruction to accomplish the integration of systems using appropriate analytical, computational, and experimental practices.”
Other than the requirement for systems integration involving people, material, information, equipment, and energy, nothing distinguishes the IE program criteria from the general criteria specified for all engineers.
This paper reports the results of a study of the program educational objectives, outcomes, and curricula used by IE (or similarly named) programs in their ABET continuous improvement plan. The objective of the study was to identify outcomes common to industrial engineering programs that distinguish industrial engineering from other engineering disciplines.
Some engineering disciplines have a defined Body of Knowledge (BOK). The Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge for the 21st Century1, perhaps the most noted BOK, adds four outcomes to the eleven outcomes (Criterion 3 - a through k)2 currently required for engineering accreditation by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. Table 1 lists those additional outcomes, which are viewed as “broadening and deepening”1 current ABET outcomes.
Table 1. New Civil Engineering BOK Outcomes Outcome Statement: The 21st century civil engineer must demonstrate1: Criterion . 3, a-k . (1 – 11) . 12. An ability to apply knowledge in a specialized area related to civil engineering. 13. An understanding of the elements of project management, construction, and asset management. 14. An understanding of business and public policy and administration fundamentals. 15. An understanding of the role of the leader and leadership principles and attitudes.
The topics in Outcomes 13 through 15 in Table 1 are discussed extensively as requirements engineers of the future in Educating the Engineer of 20202. The Body of Knowledge Committee
Matson, J., & Mozrall, J., & Schaub, D., & Patterson, P. (2007, June), An Industrial Engineering Body Of Knowledge? Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. 10.18260/1-2--2517
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